The Wildrose Party’s constituency association in Vermilion-Lloydminster has poured doubt on the idea of uniting the right.
Rumours of a coalition between the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose in a bid to defeat the NDP have been circulating lately, but at the constituency association’s annual general meeting former Wildrose candidate for Vermilion-Lloydminster Danny Hozack said a coalition is unlikely.
“[Leader] Brian Jean at [the party’s] annual meeting said that what we need to do is we need to unite the right people,” Hozack said. “Brian Jean I’m sure is hearing the same thing [that] I’m hearing – this Rachel Notley government is bringing misery to our industries – oil, agriculture, forestry, the coal industry… Our friends are saying ‘you folks have to figure out a way to work together to be sure that Rachel Notley’s gone in 2019. But it’s not quite as simple as doing the math and saying ‘oh, if you add up the PC vote and the Wildrose vote you will win’, because there’s also that little complication of principles.”
The idea has also faced opposition from PC MLA Richard Starke, who has said in an interview with the Meridian Booster that most PC members he’s talked to are focused on rebuilding the party.